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Hi,

What software or apps do you use to help you get around the night sky easier? 

Currently I might use starmap on my phone to help me when I'm out observing and I recently downloaded sterllarium, but I'm still getting to grips with it.

Thanks,

 

Shaan

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Hi Shaan,

I use the excellent Sky Safari 5 (which has just become FREE! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simulationcurriculum.skysafari5)  on a cheap tablet for information on objects and to see what DSOs or interesting objects are around and where. It can control the EQ6 too but I use Prism v10 for everything else....camera control and focus, telescope control etc.

There are many great free scope control packages like Audela or sky chart software like Cartes du Ceil which people use too.

I think Sky Safari is the most popular though.

 

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I think for a phone/tablet Sky Safari is the best option at the moment. I use the Plus version, the standard version didn't have enough stars for my liking. Also, I'm not sure if the standard one allows you to input your equipment in order to overlay field of view rings over the map. At least now it is free you can try it and find out.

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I use star walk 2 and star guide. Both apps are very similar. I am not sure how they differ from sky safari but I think most apps offer most of the same thing when you purchase a premium account. 

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+1 for SkySafari (Plus will do; Pro in my case due to the 18" Dob's demands). What I appreciate most, is it's option to display the accurate field of view for all of your scope(s) - eyepiece combinations, as well as for finders and sensors. Set the star/DSO brightness according to the limits of your scope and sky, and you get on the display the exact representation of the observed star field - a priceless feature for star hopping!  SkySafari has, in that way, replaced most of my star atlases and maps (and the nice collection is slowly gathering dust!). It's running reliably on my Sony Xperia Z Compact smartphone (additionally dimmed with the light shield "Red Eyes Cling Xtra Dark" from http://www.siriusastroproducts.com/index.html

(no affiliation etc., of course)).

For DSO descriptions, I'm still using printed guides, e.g. the "Night Sky Observer's Guide", as SkySafari is giving descriptions of the visual impression only for the bright objects.

Hth.

Stephan

 

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6 hours ago, Ricochet said:

I think for a phone/tablet Sky Safari is the best option at the moment. I use the Plus version, the standard version didn't have enough stars for my liking. Also, I'm not sure if the standard one allows you to input your equipment in order to overlay field of view rings over the map. At least now it is free you can try it and find out.

Just downloaded it. Thanks it looks really good. 

 

4 hours ago, Nyctimene said:

+1 for SkySafari (Plus will do; Pro in my case due to the 18" Dob's demands). What I appreciate most, is it's option to display the accurate field of view for all of your scope(s) - eyepiece combinations, as well as for finders and sensors. Set the star/DSO brightness according to the limits of your scope and sky, and you get on the display the exact representation of the observed star field

 

Somehow I'm struggling to visualise what an 18 inch dob looks like. It must give u incredible views. 

Agree that being able to see and accurate FOV is priceless like you said.

 

 

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I just looked into sky safari and boy was I wrong it offers a lot more than the apps I’m using. This post has opened my eyes :)

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Shaan

Heavens Above also a good APP

John

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I use mostly stellarium on my computer. I have sky map on my phone but hardly use it. I have my scopes configuration set in Stellarium. When I'm planning my night I use Stellarium's telescope view as a reference for the star patterns I'm looking for to find and confirm my target. It's also been great for reference star RA/DEC that I use to find my DSO targets. 

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I use an app called "Pocket Universe" works great for me!

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